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Sun 10/10/21 7:30 AM

Edmonds (shoulder), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
Edmonds took a designation into the weekend after he returned to a limited practice Friday following missed sessions Wednesday and Thursday. Confirmation of Edmonds' status will arrive upon the release of the Cardinals' inactive list approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 ET p.m. kickoff. If Edmonds ends up limited or out versus San Francisco, James Conner would be in line for added backfield work.

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Fri 10/8/21 4:44 PM

Edmonds (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
The official designation became a foregone conclusion when head coach Kliff Kingsbury called Edmonds a game-time decision earlier Friday after the running back returned to practice (he sat out sessions Wednesday and Thursday). If Edmonds ends up on the inactive list ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, James Conner could find himself in a not-at-all-unfamiliar three-down role. Reserve Eno Benjamin (hamstring) is also questionable, leaving Conner and Jonathan Ward as the truly healthy backfield options for the Cards. Edmonds, if he plays, is still probably the safest bet for production, while Conner has been more of an all-or-nothing fantasy play due to his reliance on goal-line touchdowns.

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Fri 10/8/21 1:23 PM

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that Edmonds (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Sunday against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Edmonds' return to practice Friday, though likely in a limited capacity, gives him a shot to avoid his first missed game since November 2019. Shared workloads have helped Edmonds stay healthy since then, and it's possible the Cardinals give him fewer snaps and touches than usual if he suits up this weekend. He's been sharing work with James Conner, who is tied for second in the league with four rushing touchdowns despite averaging only 43 rushing yards and 6.5 receiving yards per game. Conner should be good for more than that if Edmonds ends up on the inactive list ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

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Fri 10/8/21 12:20 PM

Edmonds (shoulder) is on the field for Friday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
A return to practice after missing sessions Wednesday and Thursday should give Edmonds a shot to make it back for Sunday's game against the 49ers. If not, James Conner could be headed for a three-down role, with Jonathan Ward and Eno Benjamin (hamstring) providing depth. The Cardinals also have Tavien Feaster on their practice squad, but Conner and Edmonds are the only backs that have taken touches for the team this season.

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Thu 10/7/21 5:58 PM

Edmonds (shoulder) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Edmonds has yet to join any drills at practice this week, but he was spotted working on the side during the portion of Thursday's session open to the media, per Urban. It's unclear either way if an absence is possible for Edmonds this Sunday against the 49ers, but Friday's practice and subsequent injury report could go a long way in determining his potential to play. Elsewhere in Arizona's backfield, No. 2 RB James Conner returned to practice Thursday after taking off Wednesday due to a personal matter.

Chase Edmonds
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Wed 10/6/21 7:03 PM

Edmonds didn't practice Wednesday due to a shoulder issue, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Both Edmonds and James Conner were listed as non-participants, but the latter's absence was attributed to personal reasons. Edmonds wasn't tasked with a regular and large workload during his first three seasons in the league, but he's logged at least 60 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the Cardinals' four games en route to 63 touches for 395 yards. The elevated reps may be to blame for his current injury, but he'll look to get past it by week's end in order to play Sunday against the 49ers.

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Sun 10/3/21 8:23 PM

Edmonds carried the ball 12 times for 120 yards and caught four of five targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 37-20 win over the Rams.
EDGE Analysis
He did a lot of his damage in the fourth quarter as the Cards were grinding down the clock, including completing a 54-yard dash on Arizona's final scoring drive. Edmonds might have had an even bigger performance, but the team stuck to its backfield timeshare, and James Conner added 66 scrimmage yards and two TDs. Edmonds, who came into the game with only 135 rushing yards on the season, will look to carry this momentum into a Week 5 clash with the 49ers.

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Tue 9/28/21 12:31 AM

Edmonds notched 11 carries for 26 yards and gathered in seven of eight passes for 49 yards during Sunday's 31-19 win at Jacksonville.
EDGE Analysis
Edmonds continued to outpace James Conner in offensive snaps (44 versus 25 of 67) and touches (18 to 12) Sunday. However, Conner was the first of the pair to reach the end zone this season, taking in two carries from inside the five-yard line. It's become clear through three games that Edmonds is the primary chain mover, while Conner gets more usage in the red zone, with the latter already up to eight such rushes and the former with five total touches in the region. Edmonds appears to be the more reliable option on a weekly basis due to his dual-threat ability, but there will be weeks in which Conner is more productive from a fantasy perspective due to the aforementioned work inside the 20-yard line.

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Sun 9/19/21 8:47 PM

Edmonds turned eight carries into 46 yards and five receptions (on five targets) into 29 yards during Sunday's 34-33 victory versus the Vikings.
EDGE Analysis
In Week 1 at Tennessee, Edmonds (12 carries, four catches) and James Conner (16 rushes) earned the same number of touches, but the former doubled up the latter, 106-53, in total yards. One week later, Edmonds out-touched Conner, 13-8, and had 49 more yards from scrimmage (75 versus 26). If the preceding has revealed anything, Edmonds has a better chance than Conner to be utilized on a weekly basis and has been far more efficient with those looks. In any case, it's clear Edmonds is in a split backfield, which likely will inhibit his output certain weeks.

Chase Edmonds
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Sun 9/12/21 5:18 PM

Edmonds ran for 63 yards on 12 carries at Tennessee on Sunday while catching four receptions for 43 yards on four targets.
EDGE Analysis
The Cardinals theorized a balanced backfield split between Edmonds and James Conner, with Edmonds the starter and in-space back and Conner an off-the-bench bruiser, and that scenario played out perfectly against the Titans on Sunday. Edmonds was efficient both as a runner and pass catcher, and there were still 16 carries left for Conner to run out the clock with late. The difference is that Conner didn't draw a single target, so the former Pittsburgh runner might disappear from the box score in games where the Cardinals need to throw more often. Edmonds, by contrast, should remain the lead Arizona running back regardless of the game scenario. His Week 2 matchup with Eric Kendricks and the Vikings might not be ideal, but Edmonds is an unconditional part of a Cardinals offense that looked impressive Sunday.